Dear Friends in Christ,
It is with great pleasure, that on behalf of the parish I would like to welcome Mr Michael Hoye, a Seminarian from the Pontifical North American College in Rome, who has come to spend a couple of weeks on pastoral placement. As you know through the years we have hosted many seminarians, many of whom are now priests back in the United States. Please extend Michael your warm hospitality. He has written a little biography as follows:
“Dear Parishioners, Greetings! My name is Michael Hoye and I am happy to follow a long line of seminarians who have studied in Rome and have served in your parish with Fr. John. I come from the United States and grew up in a small rural town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts named Sutton, which is situated in my home diocese of Worcester. Yes, both my town and diocese are named after those towns in England which you might be familiar with. I pray that being from New England does not act as a hindrance to our relationships while I am with you. I am the last of seven children and we all grew up playing soccer, sailing and working on a local farm picking strawberries and corn for our first jobs. Before entering the Seminary I graduated from Assumption College and ran cross-country and track and field while studying philosophy and theology for four years. I was sent to Catholic University of America in Washington DC to finish philosophy during my first year of Seminary; and after that short year my Bishop chose to send me to the North American College in Rome to study Theology. I look forward to getting to know you all as we worship our Lord and help to bring froth the Word of God into our world!”
I have always encouraged the seminarians to see as much of London and the surrounding district as possible. If anyone is going anywhere of interest and you want to ask Michael to accompany you, or to a football match, or if you want to invite him to your home, please feel free to do so! Michael will be with us until 25th June; and then Matthew Duclos from the diocese of Albany, New York, will be arriving for five weeks until the 1st August.